Philips 40pfl9704 lcd tv

With subwoofers strapped to its rear, the 40PFL9704 projects the most energetic sounds we've heard on a 40-inch TV this side of a Loewe screen.

Bass is slightly detached from the overall soundstage, but dialogue is always clear and far fuller than on most TVs.

A quasi 'surround' mode doesn't add much to what is already a great performance, but it does create even more depth and the occasional illusion of rear effects.

Easily worth the extra hulk it adds to the TV's chassis, the 40PFL9704's speakers are a runaway success and easily able to take the place of a separate home cinema system in a small living room.